McCain Criticizes Obama Over Libya Operation
June 1, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama for his handling of the nation’s military strategy in Libya.
During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, McCain said Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi would have already been removed from power if the United States had remained in control of the operation. Instead, the NATO-led mission is failing to protect freedom-seeking civilians in the embattled nation.
McCain, who was Obama’s opponent in the 2008 election, blasted the Commander in Chief for his slow reaction to the civil war in Libya.
“As he is gradually changing, people are dying on the ground in Libya. And they wouldn’t have to if we were using all of U.S. airpower and the abilities and the unique capabilities that the United States military has,” McCain told the news source. “And, unfortunately, we are not.”
Meanwhile, Obama’s request for legislation backing U.S. involvement in Libya has been ignored by the House of Representatives. According to The Hill, aides from both political parties said there are no plans to bring a resolution to the chamber floor.
Last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that the Libyan mission would be addressed via amendments to the defense authorization bill. However, a bipartisan group of Senators, including McCain, have signed on to a resolution supporting the military efforts in North Africa.